Tunisia urged to ensure independent institutions are strong

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Ravina Shamdasani, UN Human Rights spokesperson

Authorities in Tunisia have been urged to make sure that the country has independent institutions that promote full respect for human rights.

On Sunday the Tunisian parliament adopted a new constitution after months of discussions and debates.

It is the first constitution since the revolt overthrew the government of President Ben Ali three years ago.

Spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani says the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva congratulates the people of Tunisia for their adoption of the new constitution.

"We also commend the exemplary commitment to dialogue and consensus that has marked the democratic transition in Tunisia. The constitutional process has benefited from the wide participation of civil society actors. We encourage political actors in Tunisia to ensure that the next steps of the transition are conducted in a peaceful, inclusive and transparent manner. They will need to ensure that the independent institutions established in the constitution, such as the National Human Rights Institution, are strong and that they help promote accountability and the rule of law with full respect for human rights." (31")

Ravina Shamdasani says the UN Human Rights Office in Tunisia will continue to support national efforts towards the establishment of an open and democratic society in the country.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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